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December 27, 2018

It has turned into a trend.  Two straight weeks with a 6-9-1 record.  I keep flirting with .500, but it just seems to be out of reach.  I need to put together a 12-4 week in the last hurrah of the season to make it happen.  We’re gonna give it the old college try.

SEASON RECORD - 113-120-7

As we make our way through the season.  I'm going to post my picks (vs. the point spread) here, along with my DOG OF THE WEEKLOCK OF THE WEEK, and LONGSHOT OF THE WEEK. 

 My pick for the winning team will be in BOLD

On to Week 17 – Sunday Football, and Sunday Football only.  The LA teams remember they’re really good, and the Mack attack wants a bye.

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Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-6.5, 41.5) LONGSHOT OF THE WEEK - The Giants keep flirting with wins, only to have the D falter at the end of games.  This time, they send Dallas into the playoffs on a losing streak.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-9, 44.5) The panthers can’t seem to do anything right this year.  The Saints get tuned up to be the #1 seed.  SAINTS

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-13.5, 45) Double digits scare me.  The pats win, but not by 13+. JETS

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-8, 44.5) DOG OF THE WEEK…WOOF.  The Motor City Kitties cover.  LIONS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-6.5, 40.5)  What in the hell happened in Jacksonville this year? Oh yeah, Doug Marone.  TEXANS.

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5, 51.5)  Another ugly game, with two big underachievers.  FALCONS

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-3.5, 39.5) – The Bills gotta go out on a winning note…Right? BILLS

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (+6.5, 42) Washington rallies the troops enough to remind Philly that the Super Bowl hangover is very real. REDSKINS

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-6, 41) Can they do the impossible and sneak into the playoffs?  Who Know, but I LOVE the way Cleveland is ending the year!  BROWNS

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-14.5, 45.5) The Steelers fall apart here and fall out of the playoffs….Plus, double digits.  BENGALS

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-4, 40.5) Thank you Raiders for making Chicago’s season a success.  They clinch a home playoff game here.  BEARS

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (+6.5, 41.5) LOCK OF THE WEEK.  LA wakes up, and put up a crooked number just in time for the playoffs.  CHARGERS

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-13.5, 38.5)  I said it a couple weeks back.  Seattle was staring to scare me.  The playoff march continues.  SEAHAWKS

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-10, 49) LOCK OF THE WEEK - The other LA team remembers they have the best offense in the league, and light up the Niners.  RAMS

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (+3, 43.5) – Captain Andrew Luck rallies the troops one last time, and pushes the ponies into the playoffs.  COLTS